What is Art Therapy Art Therapy is a human service profession that uses the visual arts to communicate feelings that cannot be expressed by words alone. Clinical experience has demonstrated that the images produced in making art help externalize and resolve internalized fears, conflicts and blocks. Credentialed art therapists are specially trained to promote change through involvement in art making within the context of a therapeutic relationship. The practice of art therapy is based on an in-depth understanding of basic human behavior, psychopathology and therapeutic processes. For more information, please visit the American Art Therapy Association or the Buckeye Art Therapy Association.
Art therapists work with people of all ages: individuals, couples, family groups and communities. They provide services, individually and as part of clinical teams, in settings that include mental health, rehabilitation, medical and forensic institutions; community outreach programs; wellness centers; schools; nursing homes; corporate structures; open studios and independent practices.
The Value of Expressive Therapies When a person suffers a loss or a disability, it sometimes seems as though their whole world has fallen to pieces. Once normal activities … walking, talking, eating … have to be relearned. There is a heightened feeling of failure, and the loss of self worth.
The Art Therapy Studio believes that feelings of loss must be replaced with new areas of growth. Since 1967 over 50,000 people have participated in Studio programs and have benefited from the healing, creative power of the arts.
Because we believe that the arts have a unique ability to connect our inner and outer worlds, Studio programs use art, music, and poetry to help people:
explore personal potential and problems through non-verbal and verbal expression
gain insight, unblock and move forward
reconcile emotional conflicts
foster self-awareness, personal growth and wellness
stimulate mental and physical activity
channel anger and relieve depression
grieve, cope, reminisce and adapt
There are many ways the Art Therapy Studio helps people put the pieces of their lives back together. Involvement in art strengthens self-esteem, provides the opportunity for positive feedback, and allows a person to re-experience themselves as a unique individual. The expressive art therapies help people express their feelings about serious emotional and physical trauma. They also provide opportunities for caregivers to express their concerns and share positive time with their loved ones.
An art therapist may receive an ATR designation (Registered Art Therapist) after completing 1,000 supervised clinical hours. Further credentialing is available by passing a national exam to receive Board Certification (BC). For further information contact the Art Therapy Credentials Board.
The Art Therapy Studio also provides continuing education units to art therapists and other allied health professionals (see Education).
General Information Sessions for Students We receive many calls from undergraduate students in the area who would like to learn more about the field of art therapy. We invite you to attend one of our monthly information sessions held at our Fairhill Studio. For upcoming dates, download flyer here.
Graduate Internships We gladly accept students currently enrolled in a graduate art therapy program. Please email your resume and preferred days/time to firstname.lastname@example.org.